Iran Summons Saudi Chargé d’Affaires Over Spy Allegations

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Saudi chargé d’affaires in Tehran over the arrest of 18 individuals accused of spying for Iran.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced that the arrest of 18 individuals who they claim has links to “Iranian intelligence services.” Of those arrested, 16 were Saudi, one was Iranian and one was Lebanese. Shiite leaders in Saudi Arabia criticized the arrests as being politically motivated and sectarian.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry called the accusations by the Saudi interior minister “baseless” and meant for media consumption. Iran has sought “official explanations” in these accusations.

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